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No. 24 Auburn beats No. 7 A&M 45-41
AUBURN 45, TEXAS A&M 41

By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- No. 24 Auburn didn't win a single
Southeastern Conference game last season.

So no one could blame running back Tre Mason for shedding a few
tears as the final seconds ticked in the Tigers' 45-41 upset of
No. 7 Texas A&M on Saturday.

"Those were tears of happiness," he said. "We did something a
lot of people didn't think we could do."

Nick Marshall accounted for four scores and Auburn battered
Johnny Manziel in the victory. Last season the Aggies beat
Auburn 63-21.

Mason's 5-yard score with less than 2 minutes to play was first
placed at the 1, but it was reviewed and ruled a touchdown.

"Our plan was to be in the game at halftime and wear them down
in the second half," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. "I think for
the most part it worked."

A&M (5-2, 2-2 SEC) had a last chance, but Manziel, the Heisman
Trophy winner, was sacked by Dee Ford on fourth down to secure
the win.

"We didn't make enough plays at the end of the day," Texas A&M
coach Kevin Sumlin said. "We had our opportunities - couldn't
make a play."

Manziel threw for 454 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a
fifth score, but was intercepted twice. He missed a series in
the fourth quarter with an injury to his right shoulder. He
returned but was constantly moving his right arm. Sumlin didn't
provide any details on the injury after the game, but said
Manziel told him he was "ready to go."

Marshall threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 100
yards and two more scores for Auburn (6-1, 3-1).

Texas A&M's Mike Evans had a school-record 287 yards receiving
with four touchdowns to become the first player in school
history to have two, 200-yard receiving games in a career. He
scored on receptions of 26, 64, 42 and 33 yards.

Manziel wasn't made available to the media after the game, and
the school said Evans refused to do interviews.

Auburn entered the game leading the SEC with 287 yards rushing a
game and piled up 379 yards rushing against the Aggies. Mason
led the way with 178 yards and Corey Grant added 45.

"That's Auburn's identity, tough, hard-nosed football," Mason
said. "We're going to run the ball and if you can't stop it,
then oh well. We stuck to it. The O-line did great. They had
great pressure up front and I had to do my job."

Texas A&M's inexperienced defense, which entered the game ranked
in the bottom 25 in the country in yards allowed, continued to
be a problem Saturday.

"In my career when you score 41 points you should win - end of
story," defensive coordinator Mark Snyder said.

Manziel connected with Evans for his fourth TD on a 33-yard pass
- that Auburn was called for pass interference on - giving A&M a
31-24 lead late in the third quarter.

Manziel was injured when he was tackled on an 8-yard run early
in the fourth quarter.

He got up after the tackle and then went to the ground before he
reached the A&M sideline. A&M officials looked at him for a
couple of minutes on the turf before he got up and walked off on
his own power.

He was replaced by Matt Joeckel, who threw an incomplete pass on
third down and A&M settled for a 20-yard field goal to push the
lead to 34-24.

Marshall cut A&M's lead to 3 when he ran 13 yards for a
touchdown with about 12 minutes left.

Joeckel remained in for A&M's next possession and the Aggies had
to punt.

Cameron Artis-Payne put Auburn ahead 38-34 with a 2-yard run
with about 9 minutes remaining. Tre Mason slashed through the
line and ran 53 yards to set up the score.

Manziel returned and orchestrated a 75-yard drive capped by his
1-yard touchdown run to give A&M a 41-38 lead with about 5
minutes left.

Marshall found Sammie Coates on a screen pass and he coasted
into the end zone untouched for a 43-yard touchdown to tie it at
24-24 in the third quarter.

Evans took a short pass from Manziel and darted through traffic
for a 26-yard touchdown that gave A&M a 7-0 lead in the first
quarter.

The Tigers answered when Marshall ran 14 yards for a touchdown
on Auburn's first drive.

Auburn took a 10-7 lead on a 27-yard field goal in the first
quarter after Manziel's first interception.

Texas A&M's next drive was a quick one. Evans grabbed an 11-yard
pass before taking a short throw, getting free on a block by
Malcome Kennedy and dashing 64 yards down the sideline for a
touchdown that put A&M back on top 14-10.

The Tigers coughed the ball up on their next possession when
Howard Matthews forced a fumble by Marshall which was recovered
by Steven Jenkins.

But the Aggies weren't able to take advantage of that miscue,
with Manziel throwing another interception six plays later. He
evaded three defenders before launching the pass into double
coverage which was intercepted just in front of the goal line by
Ryan White.

Marshall escaped the rush and found Quan Bray in the end zone
for the 13-yard touchdown that gave Auburn a 17-14 lead early in
the second quarter.

A&M tied it with a 37-yard field goal by Josh Lambo.

The Aggies regained the lead just before halftime when Evans
scored again. This time he pulled in a short pass, juked a
defender and then stiff-armed another before diving into the
pylon for a 42-yard touchdown to make it 24-17.

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